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SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS 
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90TH 

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The National Bank of Commerce 

of San Antonio 

. . deems it a privilege to extend our heartfelt feli- 
citations in this publication issued to commemorate 
the 90th Anniversary of Harmonia Lodge No. 1. 
For nearly a century this important fraternal or- 
ganization has contributed substantially to the 
betterment of its members and the community as 
a whole. 

We sincerely wish continued growth and pros- 
perity for Harmonia Lodge! 

BANK of COMMERCE 

San Antonio 



Established 
1903 




Dependable Thru 
the Years 



Serving fhe Great Southwest Texas Empire 

TOTAL RESOURCES MEMBER 

OVER 100 MILLIONS Federal Deposit Ins. Corp. 




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SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS 
JULY 6, 1951 



A SHORT HISTORY 

FROM THE DOCUMENTS AND MINUTES OF HARMONIA LODGE NO. I 
FROM 1861 TO 1951 

COMPILED BY 

Julius Tengg— Carl C. Wurzbach— Emmett Whitsett 



PUBLISHED BY 

Harmonia Lodge No. 1 O. D. H. S. 

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS 



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A Mighty Oak 





The booming guns of the Civil War 
were faint and far away that sum- 
mer day of 1861 when Harmonia 
Lodge was organized by men pio- 
neering in a new land. None could forsee, 90 years ago, what a 
mighty oak would grow from that tiny acorn of mutual effort 
planted by men bound in a single cause. 

Now spreading its broad and sheltering protection over thousands, 
the Grand Lodge of the Hermann Sons which grew and flourished 
from that seed is a tribute to the sound vision of Harmonia Lodge's 
founders and the splendid work of their successors, now guiding 
its growth. 

This bank, too, was founded by men pioneering in the new land- 
men with faith in the future of that land and its people . . . men 
who worked hand in hand with the courageous settlers whose 
vision and hard work developed this vast territory. 

As one lusty "oldster" to another — congratulations on your 
achievements. May you continue to grow and prosper! 



The 

GROOS NATIONAL BANK 

of San Antonio 

Member Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 
* ESTABLISHED 1854 * 






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Chaffered 7892 



SAVINGS ACCOUNTS 



HOME AND BUSINESS PROPERTY FINANCING 



We act as administrators for Estates, Trusts and Guardianships 



215 W. COMMERCE STREET 






I R. C. KITTEL, President 

| HARRY A. NASS, Vice-President 

\ W. F. KITTEL, Vice-President 



0. VAN DE WALLE 
HENRY W. WOLF, Treasurer 
HARRY R. CHALKLEY, Secretary 



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INCORPORATED 1935 
UNDER SUPERVISION OF STATE BANKING DEPARTMENT 

1801 TRANSIT TOWER 

SAN ANTONIO 5, TEXAS 



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Capital and Surplus Over $2,100,000.00 

LARGEST, OLDEST AND STRONGEST 
TITLE COMPANY IN THE SOUTH 




'Better Be Safe Than Sorry' 

MARTIN PANKRATZ, Manager 



5th. Floor, Brady Building 



Phone Fannin 3131 



PRINTING THAT PLEASES 

SCHNEIDEk PRINTING CO. 

Prompt— Efficient— Courteous 



FANNIN 3347 



211 WEST MARKET STREET 



PRASSEL LUMBER CO. 

300 W. OLMOS 
TRAVIS 2614 



BEST WISHES TO 90TH ANNIVERSARY 
from 

B. J. KUTAC CO. 

FIRE, STORM, AUTO INSURANCE 
For Money Saving Rates— See Us First 
(100% Family Members) 
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OffiOJBS 

HARM0N1A LODGE NO. 1 O.H.S.T. 
1951 



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SAN ANTONIO 
MUSIC CO. 

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For 60 Years Headquarters 

for 
PIANOS 

ORGANS 

RECORDS 

RADIOS 
Television — Sheet Music 

San Antonio Music Co. 

315 W. Commerce 
GARFIELD 1331 

Home of 
THE STEINWAY PIANO 



Congratulations and Best Wishes 
on the 

90TH ANNIVERSARY 
of 

HARMONIA LODGE NO. 1 

HERMANN SONS OF TEXAS 

From a 

SINCERE FRIEND 



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BIG COUNTRY STORE 

PERRY KALLISON 
Member of Harmonia Lodge No. 1 

MORRIS KALLISON 
Member of Siemering Lodge No. 32 



"When Uneeda Electrician 
Call" 

Vollmer Electric Co, 

418 ELM ST. 

GARFIELD 4188 

San Antonio 2, Texas 



Max Lange 

REAL ESTATE LOANS 

Treasurer Harmonia Lodge No. 1 
130 LOCUS ST. 



FRATERNAL GREETINGS 
from 

L. D. Middleton Jr. 

S. A. MARBLE & 
GRANITE CO. 



COURTESY OF 

Karotkin's 

69 YEARS OF 
FAIR DEALINGS 

221 W. Commerce St. 
San Antonio, Texas 



SCHEH'S 

Harlandale 

Pharmacy 

5301 SO. FLORES ST. 
KENWOOD 5176 



B. A. Schmidt 

GENERAL CONTRACTOR 
and REMODELING 

Rt. 10, Box 451 
PARKVIEW 2-9942 
San Antonio, Texas 

Member of Prinz Solms Lodge 
No. 136 



Compliments of 

A Friend 




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Compliments of 
EUGENE C. WILLIAMS 

JUDGE COUNTY COURT 
AT LAW NO. 2 

Harmonia Lodge No. 1 



LOUIS BAUML & SON 

PLASTERING CONTRACTORS 



B-3-1061 



712 N. Frio 

San Antonio, Texas 



Compliments 
from a 

BROTHER MEMBER 



Compliments of 

KOEHLER'S BARBECUE and 

FRESH MEATS j 

R. F. SCHAEFER (Owner) j 

B-3-8956 104 W. Grayson St. { 



Compliments of 

J. H. LAMM CO. 

Member of Siemering Lodge No. 32 

REAL ESTATE 

Rentals — Insurance 

Garfield 8251 415 Travis Bldg. 

San Antonio 5, Texas 



GREETINGS! 

E. H. NIEMEYER 

Local Agent 



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COMPLIMENTS FROM 



A Friend 



S. W. Martin Distributing Co. 

Phonograph Records — Accessories — Parts 

Coin Operated Machines — Novelties 

S. W. MARTIN, Owner GARFIELD 2794 1228 E. Commerce St. 



GREETINGS FROM 



A Friend 




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Brother Julius Tengg, oldest living Past-President of 
Harmonia Lodge No. 1 

Tengg, Julius January 1, 1909, to December 31, 1912 

Leighton, T. G 1914 1916 

Jess, Alf. Von 1919 1919 

Menk, August 1920 1922 

Lange, Max 1923 1924 

Hertting, Paul J 1925 1926 

Scholl, Gilbert H. 1927 1932 

Schafer, Louis ._ 1933 1934 

Biebers, Carl 1935 1937 

Lochte, E. R . 1938 1938 

Ransleben, Guido 1939 1939 

Dielmann, Leo M. J 1940 1940 

Peters, Walter 1941 1941 

Wurzbach, Carl C. ...... 1942 1942 

Schilo, Fritz 1943 1943 

Pfeil, Arthur - 1944 1944 

Engelhardt, H. 1946 1946 

Richter, Ed. 1945 1945 

Strosser, "Sonny" John 1948 1948 

Mueller, C. A. ..... 1949 1949 

Schumann, George 1950 1950 

Whitsett, Emmett ______ 1951 

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GITTINGER AGENCY 

"SURE INSURANCE" 
Real Estate -- Rentals -- Loans 



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400 GUNTER BLDG. 



JOE W. JOERIS 



CONTRACTOR 



219 AVENUE A 



SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS 



CONGRATULATIONS 
to 

HARMONIA LODGE No. 1 O. H. S. T. 
from 

C. R. GUMPP FRITZ SGHILO 

Licensed Real Estafe Dealers 

90TH ANNIVERSARY GREETINGS 

TO HARMONIA LODGE No. 1 
from 

REUS CAFE 

East Commerce at Hackberry 



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Brother Adolph Herff, oldest living member of 
Harmonia Lodge No. 1 

Members of Harmonia Lodge No. 1 for fifty (50) or 
more years: 



Dr. Adolph Herff 

Wm. G. Wagner 

Joseph Rich 

George Karges 

Sam Phillippi 

J. C. Koerth 

Anton Gloeckner 

Louis Mueller ... 

Dr. Louis Hirshfield... 

Herman Hirsch 

John Schuh 

E. G. Cervantes.., 

Wm. A. Fritze 

Tom Tengg 

Ed Schunke 

Harry Tolle, Jr 

Fred C. Pfeiffer 

Julius E. Hermann 

August Menk 

C. A. Scheh...... 

Louis Fischer 

Robert C. Bogusch 

Edward C. Schroeder 
Albert Merklen 



nitiated Jan. 13th, 1881 
nitiated May 1st, 1890 
nitiated March 5th, 1891 
nitiated Aug. 31st, 1892 
nitiated Dec. 1st, 1892 
nitiated Nov. 12th, 1893 
nitiated Feb. 20th, 1896 
nitiated March 12th. 1896 
nitiated May 12th, 1896 
nitiated April 23rd, 1897 
nitiated May 10th, 1897 
nitiated Sept. 12th, 1897 
nitiated Sept. 12th, 1897 
nitiated Sept. 12th, 1897 
nitiated Sept. 23rd, 1897 
nitiated Feb. 10th, 1898 
nitiated March 24th, 1898 
nitiated July 14th, 1898 
nitiated Jan. 12th, 1899 
nitiated Sept. 15th, 1899 
nitiated Dec. 14th, 1899 
nitiated March 27th, 1900 
nitiated May 24th, 1900 
nitiated Aug. 2nd, 1900 



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CONGRATULATIONS 
on the 

90TH ANNIVERSARY 

of Harmonia Lodge No. 1, 

Hermann Sons of Texas, 

for their 

Progressiveness and Fraternal Spirit 

through these years 

AKERS FUNERAL HOME 

441 MAIN AVENUE 
San Antonio, Texas 



Roy Akers 

Harmonia Lodge No. 1 



Mart P. Kilcoyne 

Siemering Lodge No. 32 



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^Kistory of Lodge 



Harmonia Lodge of the Order of Sons of Hermann was 
organized July 6, 1861, under the name of San Antonio 
Harmonia Lodge No. 1. It is the Mother Lodge of the Order 
in the State of Texas and for almost thirty years it was the 
only lodge in this domain. John Lemnitzer, a member of 
Genesee Lodge No. 10, of Rochester, New York, with John 
Goll, another member of a northern lodge, who were at that 
time residing in San Antonio, assembled a number of Ger- 
man-speaking citizens on January 1, 1860, to institute a 
lodge in San Antonio, Texas. John Lemnitzer, seemingly 
the leading spirit, asked the National Grand Lodge of New 
York for authority. However, during this trying period 
a year elapsed, and on January 8, 1861, he was named a 
Deputy and after six months' delay the final organization 
was effected on July 6, 1861. 

Charter members of Harmonia Lodge were : Jacob Goll, 
Chas. Lange. Nic Boubel, W. C. Schaub, A. Markgraf, Mag- 
nus Seng, E. Haesler, Joseph Heid, Heinrich Werner, F. J. 
Ludwig, F. J. Seng and W. Weyel. 




First officers elected werei Ex-President, Jacob Goll; 
President, Chas. Lange; Vice President, W. C. Schaub; 
Guide, Anton Markgraf; Treasurer, F. J. Ludwig; Secre- 
tary, Wm. Weyel; Trustee, Magnus Seng; appointed as 
second Secretary, F. J. Seng; Outer Guard, J. Heid; Inner 
Guard, E. Haesler; Finance Committee, Nic Boubel, chair- 
man. All minutes of the lodge were kept in the German 
language. 



The ideals of this new lodge in a sovereign State are 
best set forth by the introduction or preface as written by 
the founders on the first page of the first minute book. 
This book is still intact and in use today after these ninety 
years of history. It contains the first records of Harmonia 
Lodge No. 1, 0. D. H. S., and the signature of every member 



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The Hudson Hornet "Rules the Road" and America Knows It 

"ORSINGER PRICES" Rule USED CAR Values and 

San Antonio Likes Them. 

HERMANN SON MEMBERS RECEIVE OUR FIRST 
CONSIDERATION!!!! 



HUDSON 



PARTS 



SERVICE 




ORSINGER MOTOR CO. 

445 MAIN AVENUE FANNIN 5161 SAN ANTONIO 



Congratulations on the Outstanding Humanitarian 

Job Done for the Widows and Children for the past 

90 Years. 



Edwin Schroeder 
Jack Crawford 





of the lodge with the date of his initiation from the found- 
ing of the lodge in 1861 to the present. 

The minute book contains as a preface the following: 

PREFACE 

"We hand you herewith the revised constitution 
of the Order with the hope that the members unite to 
strive for a closer understanding of our aims and pur- 
poses and that each be interested in the welfare of all, 
for the progress of the whole and for himself. Each 
and everyone must follow the desire to be helpful to 
others as he would to his ownself, as this is the foun- 
dation for mutual confidence and is essential to avoid 
friction and dissension. We desire all differences set- 
tled equitably. It is the interest of all that the in- 
individual is recognized. This is the only practical 
course and the foundation in forming a new organiza- 
tion in which ideal laws conform to each and all. Our 
purpose is to be humane, humanity is our goal. If 
we abide by these standards, our Order will rank 
among the greatest in the United States and the future 
membership will bless us as real Sons of Hermann." 

Judging by the contents of this preface it is clear that 
there were no definite business plans, but that the first 
embers had organized only as a brotherhood to be of help 
to each other. 

Only routine minutes were recorded in the first years. 
The minutes show that on March 29, 1866, a motion was 
made and a committee appointed to apply for a Charter 
from the State of Texas. For unknown reasons, however, 
this was not accomplished until the year 1870. 

Finally a charter was granted to the Lodge when the 
Legislature of the State of Texas passed "an act to incor- 
porate the officers and members of the San Antonio Har- 
monia Lodge No. 1 0. D. H. S.," which was approved August 



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Commercial Abstract and 
Title Company 



FANNIN 4313 



GUNTER BUILDING 



Compliments 



FROM A FRIEND 



CONGRATULATIONS and BEST WISHES 
to the members of 

HARMONIA LODGE No. 1 
from 

STANDARD PRINTING COMPANY 

PRINTERS and STATIONERS 



205 North Presa Street 



Garfield 6206 




13, 1870. A photographic copy of this original hand-written 
charter, certified by the Secretary of State of the State of 
Texas on September 10, 1870, is reproduced herein. 

Harmonia Lodge No. 1 has had a long and eventful his- 
tory. It has grown and progressed with the city of its birth 
and has remained the largest lodge of the Order. Har- 
monia Lodge has always contributed a significant share 
of the leadership throughout the Hermann Sons of this 
state. The lodge is proud that three of its members have be- 
come distinguished Grand Presidents of the Order of the 
Sons of Hermann in Texas. The first Grand President, 
Wm. Heuschkel, who was elected in 1890, was a member of 
the lodge. Fritz Schilo, who served as Grand President from 
April, 1927, until his death on September 3, 1935, was a 
member of Harmonia Lodge and proved to be an outstand- 
ing Grand President during a period of great progress for 
the Order. The present Grand President, Carl Biebers, 
under whose dynamic leadership the Order is rapidly mov- 
ing forward, is a faithful member and a former President 
of Harmonia Lodge. At its ninetieth anniversary Harmonia 
Lodge No. 1 proudly possesses a membership of approx- 
imately 2700 and lodge assets of over $21,000. 



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CONGRATULATIONS 

ON YOUR 90TH 
ANNIVERSARY 

From Your Friendly Neighborhood 

SOMMERS DRUG STORES 

"THEY'RE ALL AROUND TOWN" 



Compliments of 



A FRIEND 



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SAN ANTONIO'S GREAT NAME IN MENSWEAR 
SALUTES 
HARMONIO LODGE No. 1 O. H. S. T. 
AND THE MEN OF OUR FIRM WHO ARE MEMBERS 






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INSURANCE AND BONDS 

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SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS 



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Since 1896 



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Compliments to Harmonia Lodge No. 1 

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"For Over Twenty Years Your BETTER Apparel Cleaners" 

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Phone K-3521 Phone G-6451 

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WM.HEUSCHKEL JULIUS SCHUETZE 



FRITZ KLAPP 



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FRIEDRICH HOFHEINZ WILHELM OLDENBURG C.J.»o« ROSENBERG AUGUST HAXTHAUSEN 










JULiUSSCHRAMM 



FRITZ SCHILO 



GEO.HAEU.StER. 



CHRIS HERRY 



PAST GRAND PRESIDENTS 



OF 

THE GRAND LODGE OF THE ORDER 

OF THE SONS OF HERMANN 

IN THE STATE OF TEXAS 




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Office Supplies 



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Congratulations to 

HARMONIA LODGE NO. 1 HERMANN SONS 

on their 90th Anniversary 

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We Extend to the Officers and Members 

of 

HARMONIA LODGE No. 1 

Our Best Wishes and Heartiest Congratulations 

Upon the Occasion of its 

NINETIETH ANNIVERSARY 

Board of Directors 

of 

San Antonio Hermann Sons 
Home Association 



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c 3£istory of the Order 



History records that the Order of the Sons of Hermann 
was organized during a period of racial unrest for the pur- 
pose of uniting into brotherly love the men of all sections, 
incorporating a ritualistic ceremony and filial affection. 
It was originally composed of citizens of German descent. 

The Order of the Sons of Hermann was organized in 
New York City in 1840 by a few German descendants and 
was named after the great German hero "Hermann the 
Cherusker" who defended the German race against the 
invading Romans at the battle of the Teutoburger Forest. 
In 1843 there were three, and in 1847 there were six organi- 
zations numbering about 800 members. This worthy move- 
ment found recognition in Milwaukee in 1848, where several 
units were formed and a National Lodge of all Sons of 
Hermann was organized December 25, 1848. They adopted 
the motto "Friendship, Love and Truth," 

The Order was introduced into the State of Texas with 
the founding of Harmonia Lodge in San Antonio on July 6, 
1861. For almost thirty years Harmonia Lodge was the 
only representative of the Order in this state. 

On February 9, 1871, a resolution of quite some im- 
portance was passed whereby the National Grand Lodge 
was asked to grant permission for founding a State Grand 
Lodge for Texas, but nothing came of this request. The 
records do not even show an answer from the National 
Grand Lodge. This seemingly did not add to the enthu- 
siasm for expansion or for organizing in other localities 
in the State for the time being. Only after several years, 
the records reveal, mention was made of forming a lodge 
in New Braunfels and it did not materialize even then. 



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from your friends at 



OFFICERS: 

G. J. LUCCHESE 

Chairman of the Board 

J. J. BIASIOLLI, SR. 

President- 

W. R. GARNER 

Executive Vice President 

ALFONSO GARZA 

Vice President 

HENRY A. GUERRA, SR. 

Vice P esident 

J. HERBERT MAY 

Cashier 
A. J. BATTAGLIA 
Assistant Cashier 



WEST SIDE 
STATE BANK 

OF 
SAN ANTONIO 



DIRECTORS: 

J. J. BIASIOLLI, SR. 

V. ALBERT DIAZ 

MICHAEL ;. DeMARCO 

ALFREDO FLORES 

ALFONZO GARZA 

LOUIS GUIDO, SR. 

HENRY A. GUERRA, SR. 

ENRICO LIBERTO 

RUBEN R. LOZANO 

G. J. LUCCHESE 

LOUIS RODRIGUEZ 

CHARLES A. RUBIOLO 

BEN SPECIA, SR. 



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SAN ANTONIO 7. TEXAS 

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J. J. BIASIOLLI, III. 

3 Generations of Hermann Sons 



The minutes of the Lodge show that Brothers Wm. 
Heuschkel, Robert Kurts and Emil Callsen were appointed 
as the first delegates to the National Grand Lodge. In 1889 
the Lodge sent Brother Wm. Heuschkel to the National 
Grand Lodge convention held in St. Louis, requesting a 
membership solicitor for Texas. This was granted and on 
January 16, 1890, A. Wenzel arrived and made his plans 
for a successful membership drive, which spread the Order 
over the entire State and extended help, good will and 
friendship. 

Due to this enthusiasm new lodges were founded and 
on February 2, 1890, Eintracht Lodge No. 2, at Austin, 
Texas, was instituted. Brothers B. Felder, F. M. Gloeckner, 
J. A. Schmidt and Johann Schutz were sent as a committee 
to install the second lodge in the state. Immediately fol- 
lowing, further lodges were organized in Taylor, Waco, 
Temple, Brenham, Houston, LaGrange and other cities. 
Thus the Order of Hermann Sons became an established 
order in Texas and Harmonia Lodge was no longer alone, 
after flourishing by itself for so many years. 

On March 27, 1890, the first Grand Lodge of Texas of 
the Sons of Hermann was installed in San Antonio by F. 
Dickroeger, National Grand President, and W. L. Hespos, 
National Grand Secretary. Wm. Heuschkel, a member of 
Harmonia Lodge No. 1, was elected First Grand State 
President; Julius Schuetze, First Grand State Vice-Pres- 
ident; E. Callsen, First Grand Secretary; and G. A. Heilig, 
Grand State Treasurer. There were then eight subordinate 
lodges under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge, but in 
a little more than a year the hundredth lodge was estab- 
lished when Jubel Lodge No. 100 was installed at Caldwell, 
Texas. 



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90 GREETINGS 
One for each year from your old friend 

M. C. HILL 

Alamo Printing Co. 

148 Dwyer Avenue 
San Antonio, Texas 



FROM ONE OLD-TIMER TO ANOTHER - 



The Texas organization of the Hermann Sons has been 
a separate entity since the Grand Lodge of the Order of 
the Sons of Hermann in the State of Texas in 1920 became 
independent of any national affiliation. As a distinct body 
the Order in Texas has greatly flourished. Today there arc 
217 lodges in the State under the jurisdiction of the Grand 
Lodge with a total membership of approximately 34,000. 

The work and activities of the Grand Lodge expanded 
so that the office space it had occupied in the San Antonio 
Home Association Building became entirely inadequate. To 
meet this need for more room the Grand Lodge purchased 
a lot on South St. Mary's Street in San Antonio, adjoining 
the Home Association property, and in 1949 erected a hand- 
some, modern building for its business offices and official 
headquarters. This beautiful and efficient structure will 
enable the Order to carry on its affairs more effectively 
and to keep pace with its enlarging membership and cor- 
responding responsibilities. 



CONGRATULATIONS 
On Your 90th Anniversary! 



WeVe Been Around 77 Years Ourselves 

MAVERICK-CLARKE 

Since 1874 the Choice of San Antonians and Southwest Texans for 
PRINTING, OFFICE SUPPLIES and OFFICE FURNITURE 



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We Extend to the Officers and Members of our Mother Lodge 

HARMON I A LODGE NO. 1 

our very best wishes 

and heartiest congratulations 

upon the occasion of its 

NINETIETH ANNIVERSARY 



We appreciate your accomplishments 
in the course of these many years; 

May you prosper in the future as 
heretofore in all fraternal endeavors 



THE GRAND LODGE OF THE ORDER OF THE 
SONS OF HERMANN IN THE STATE OF TEXAS 



CARL BIEBERS, Grand President 
PAUL J. HERTTING, Grand Secretary-Treasurer 



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1861 1951 

PROGRAM 

90TH ANNIVERSARY 
HARMONIA LODGE No. 1 

Music Orchestra 

Call to Order Fritz Schilo 

Chairman of Planning Committee, 
Master of Ceremonies 

"America" Assembly 

Accompanied by Orchestra 

Pledge of Allegiance Assembly 

Invocation Rev. Erwin A. Juraschek 

Tribute to Deceased Members 

Address of Welcome Emmett Whitsett, 

President of Lodge 

Harmonia Lodge Theme Song M. 0. Gold 

E. H. Niemeyer 

Introduction of Distinguished 

Members and Guests C. C. Wurzbach 

Attorney for the Lodge 

Presentation of Anniversary Class 

of Initiates C. A. Mueller, 

Membership Chairman 

Principal Address Carl Biebers, 

Grand President of Order 

"The Eyes of Texas" Assembly 

Accompanied by Orchestra 

Dance 



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The Pearl Brewery 
salutes Harmonia Lodge 
No. 1 O. H. S. T. on 
ninety great years of 
progress. For the on- 
ward march of decades 
yet to come, we tender 
our best wishes. 



SAY "BOTTLE OF PEARL PLEASE!" 



OUR HONOR GUESTS 

Hermann Sons Grand Lodge Officials 
S. A. Home Ass'n. Board of Directors 
Presidents, Vice-Presidents and Secretaries of the San 
Antonio Lodges. 

Officers of the Hermann Sons Auxiliary organizations. 

HARMONIA LODGE'S NINETIETH (90TH) 

ANNIVERSARY PLANNING COMMITTEE: 

Fritz Schilo, Chairman Emmett Whitsett, President 

Carl C. Wurzbach of Harmonia Lodge 

C. A. Mueller C. R. "Bob" Gumpp 

George Schumann 



C. R. "Bob" Gumpp, 

Chairman 
John Streich 
W. R. Flynn 
E. W. Dethleffson 
Ray Caperton 



RECEPTION COMMITTEE: 

John "Sonny" Strosser 
Ed. Richter 
Walter Peters 
Harold Engelhardt 
Charles Degen 
Frank Karnei 
John C. Hoyo 



C. A. Mueller, Chairman of the Membership Drive Committee 

ENTERTAINMENT COMMITTEE : 
George Schumann, Paul Metzger 



Chairman 
W. A. Mueller 



Elton T. Bishop 
A. C. Geyer 



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OUR CREED: 

To serve every family as if it 
were our own 



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FUNERAL HOME 



177 North Street 



GARFIELD 5351 



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HARMONIA LODGE NO. 1 

WISHES TO THANK THE ADVERTISERS 

WHO BY THEIR FINANCIAL SUPPORT MADE THIS 

PROGRAM POSSIBLE 

AND INVITES THE MEMBERS OF THE LODGE 

IN THEIR PATRONAGE TO REMEMBER THE 

BUSINESS FIRMS 

WHOSE ADVERTISEMENTS HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO 

THE SUCCESS OF THIS 

90TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION 



THE OFFICERS AND MEMBERS 

OF HARMONIA LODGE NO. 1 

WISH TO THANK 

BROTHER R. L. READER 

COMMISSIONER, PRECINCT NO. 3, 

BEXAR COUNTY, TEXAS 

FOR HIS COURTESY AND CO-OPERATION 

IN MAKING AVAILABLE TO THE LODGE 

FOR ITS 90TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION 

DOUGLAS MACARTHUR PARK 



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MEMORIALS 



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Since 1851 



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Compliments of 

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Member of 
HARMONIA LODGE No. 1 



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W. 2-7094 

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PRINTING 

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WANN SONS. HOME ASSN. 



PORTER LORING 

CONGRATULATES 

Harmonia Lodge No. One 

For all the good it has done 
In the days gone by 
And what your great organization means 
To all San Antonio today. 

And 

Porter Loring is proud that 

LEO HUDSON 

Of your Lodge is a member of the 
Porter Loring Mortuary 




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HEARTIEST CONGRATULATIONS 

and BEST WISHES 

to our MOTHER 

Harmonia 

Lodge No. 1 

O.H.S.T. 

on her 90th BIRTHDAY from 

SIEMERING LODGE No. 32 

ANTON WENZEL LODGE No.174 
WERDER LODGE No. 80 
ALAMO LODGE No. 169 
LOUISE SCHUET2E LODGE No. 3 
VINETA LODGE No. 15 

BRUNHILDE LODGE No. 7 
PERSHING LODGE No. 160 



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Egbert G. Schweppe 



E. G. Bradley 



Attorneys for the 

GRAND LODGE, HERMANN SONS 

OF TEXAS 

Congratulate 

HARMONIA LODGE No. 1, 

on their 

90th ANNIVERSARY 



| Carl C. Wurzbach Herman Glosserman 



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San Antonio Hermann Sons 
Home Association 

When other lodges of the Hermann Sons became estab- 
lished in Texas thirty years after the founding of Harmonia 
Lodge No. 1, additional lodges were organized in San An- 
tonio. 

The following lodges have been established in San An- 
tonio since Harmonia was founded: 

Brother Lodges : 

Siemering Lodge No. 32, organized May 30, 1891. 

Werder Lodge No. 80, organized October 14, 1893. 

Alamo Lodge No. 169, organized May 26, 1897. 

Anton Wenzel Lodge No. 174, organized October 11, 

1897. 

Sister Lodges : 

Louise Schuetze Lodge No. 3, organized September 27, 

1896. 

Brunhilde Lodge No. 7, organized April 15, 1899. 
Vineta Lodge No. 15, organized August 25, 1901. 

Mixed Lodge : 

Pershing Lodge No. 160, organized April 1, 1920. 

In 1890 the first plans were made to buy property and 
build a home for the local Hermann Sons organization, but 
not until 1900 did this materialize. At that time through 
the efforts of John Windlinger, Ernst Dietzmann, F. M. 
Gloeckner and W. A. Wurzbach of Harmonia Lodge consol- 
idation with members of the other local lodges was effected, 
and thus the San Antonio Heim Gesellschaft was organized. 
This led to the purchase of the present grounds on South 
St. Mary's Street and there the handsome Hermann Sons 
Hall was built. The new home was dedicated in May, 1912. 



The Texas Grand Lodge loaned the Heim Gesellschaft 
$20,000.00, and $22,100.00 in bonds payable in forty years 
were sold to the membership. 

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The total of this indebted- 



^ "—.I— 

CONGRATULATING HARMONIA LODGE No. 1 on their 

90th ANNIVERSARY 

from Members of the Order and of the Medical Profession 

Dr. Jack A. Adelmann 
Dr. Chas. J. Boehs 
Dr. Perry J. Donop 
Dr. Roland C. Kupper 
Dr. E. R. Lochte 
Dr. Chas. L. Melenyzer 
Dr. Merton M. Minter 
Dr. fm, D. Montgomery 
Dr. O. J. Potthast 
Dr. Stewart M. Ponder 



.;. 



Edward Kohr D .,, „ 

Koger Woodlee 

KOHR PRINTING COMPANY 

"Where Service Is An Actuality" 

PHONE GARFIELD 6501 

145 North Street <• A . . T 

ban Antonio / Texas 



WE THANK YOU 

for the business which you and your 
Lodge give us! 

ALAMO 
ft TITLE CO. 




201 West Travis St. 

—„«,_„_„ , ,_„_„_„_„ _,i^ oss from the Milam Building) 



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ness was paid off in twenty years, principally through car- 
nivals held by the Home Association every year. 

The officers and directors of the Home Association at 
the time of the erection of the original building for the 
Heim Gesellschaft were as follows: 

President Paul Meerscheidt 

Vice-President Jos. Juenger 

Secretary John Windlinger 

Treasurer F. M. Gloeckner 

Directors : Wm. A. Wurzbach 

Ernst Dietzmann Henry Meyer 

Otto Riebe Oswald Achtzehn 

Ed. Wolff P. G. Lucas 

David Menk Paul Machts 

Fritz Hensel J. Wohlfarth 

A. Hohrath Frank J. Bosshardt 

In 1938 the Home Association building was enlarged 
and improved with an extensive addition to the original 
structure. At this time the officers and directors of the 
Association were as follows: 

President Carl Biebers 

Vice-President Max Niedorf 

Secretary Henry Riemer 

Treasurer Arthur G. Uhl 

Directors: Walter E. Peters 

Arthur Beck Chas. H. Degen 

Frank J. Grimsinger J. H. Lamm 

Albert Hohrath Emil A. Klar 

Robert Jordan Fritz Schilo 

Anticipating future needs of the Home Association, its 
officers and directors in 1945 purchased the old Duerler 
homestead, adjoining the Home Association property on 
the south, for $35,000.00. The house has now been reno- 
vated and is serving as the juvenile recreation center of the 
Association. The officials of the Home Association when 
this property was acquired were: 

President . Fritz Schilo 

Vice-President S. Rudewick 

Secretary Henry Riemer 

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CONGRATULATIONS on your 90TH ANNIVERSARY 
and BEST WISHES for Continued Success in the Futu 



re 



BODO HOLEKAMP 

ALBERT KUEBEL 
H. J. WfNDLINGER 

Grand Trustees 
SONS OF HERMANN 



Compliments from 

JORDAN MOTOR COMPANY 

SALES 



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SERVICE 



SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS 
San Antonio's Friendly Ford Dealer 

Compliments from the Staff 
of the 

Drain's Chiropractic Health Center 

No. 1 - 502 Denver Blvd. No. 2 - 206 West Ave. 

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS 

CONGRATULATIONS 

on your 

(90th) Anniversary 

GUGENHEIM-GOLDSMITH CO. 
Distributor of JAX BEER 



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Treasurer .. .....Arthur G. Uhl 

Past President Clarence Moore 

Directors : 

John "Sonny" Strosser Max Niedorf 

Arthur Pfeil Geo. Rush 

Egbert Schweppe Otto Zoeller 

Carl C. Wurzbach Sam Ahr 

In response to a long-felt need the Home Association 
in 1948 undertook the construction of an elaborate bowling 
alley addition to the building. A modern twenty-lane bowl- 
ing alley was added, with a roof garden on top and parking 
space underneath at a cost of approximately $330,000.00 
This. splendid improvement was dedicated in 1949. 

The Board of Directors and officers responsible for this 
work were: 

President Egbert Schweppe 

Vice-President Ed Richter 

Secretary Ferd. V. Schedler 

Treasurer Chester Simmang 

Past President Arthur G. Uhl, Sr. 

Directors : Fritz Rolapp 

W. E. Adams Frank Karnei 

A. P. Ludwig Joseph Ruppell 

Geo. J. Dugosh Fred Heberer 

Sonny Strosser Max Niedorf 

The San Antonio Hermann Sons Home Association has 
ever since its organization continued to be an active, pro- 
gressive group bringing together the local lodges of the 
Order in the co-operative endeavors it has undertaken. 



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Compliments From 

MR. and MRS. AUG. H. PFEIL 
Aden's Wear Store 

302 East Commerce St. 



., , 

! CONGRATULATIONS to 

HARMONIA LODGE No. 1 
on their 90th ANNIVERSARY 
from 

LEO M. J. DIELMANN, SR. 
LEO M. J. DIELMANN, JR. 



STAR FLORAL CO. 

Member F. T. D. A. 

218 E. JOSEPHINE ST. 

WILLIAM A. ALBRECHT 

Cathedral 1941 

San Antonio, Texas 



SOUTHWEST SERVICE CO., Inc 

Complete Pest Control Service 

Featuring Custom-Fogging 

Chas. M. Reeves, Pres. 

Ernest L. Camp, V-Pres., Gen. Mgr. 



"It Pays to Play" Wright 

WRIGHT SPORTS 

TRAVIS AT MAIN 

Floyd Wright, Harmonia No. 1 

Tootsie Wright, Vineta No. 16 



Printing office Supplies 

LONE STAR OFFICE SUP. CO. 

422 North Main 

Phone FANNIN 5544 

J. H. Kramer, Member of 

Harmonia Lodge No. 1 

San Antonio 5, Texas 



COMPLIMENTS 
from 

A FRIEND 



CONGRATULA TIONS 
Harmonia Lodge No. 1 

Order of the Sons of Hermann 
On Your 90th Anniversary 

Typewriter Sales & Service Co. 

Ill Main Avenue F-7711 

C W. VOSS, Mgr. 



ROYAL CROWN BOTTLING CO. 

Bottlers of 

ROYAL CROWN COLA 

NEHI FLAVORS 

and PAR-T-PAK 

120 Josephine 
PERSHING 7103 



THE ANGELUS FUNERAL HOME 

Henry A. Guerra 

R. J. Underwood, Mgr., 
Member of Pershing Lodge No. 160 



COMPLIMENTS 
From Brother 

M. D. BUCK JONES 

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE 

Precinct No. 1 

BEXAR COUNTY 



TRAVIS CLUB 
Cigars 

H. W. F. CIGARS 
Made By 

FINCK CIGAR COMPANY 



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INSURANCE 

The first death of a member of Harmonia Lodge oc- 
curred on September 27, 1861, when H. Werner died. The 
lodge paid for the coffin and grave, which cost $24.00, and 
Ed Braden received $5.00 for hearse hire. His widow is 
referred to in many succeeding meetings as receiving at- 
tention and assistance. 

On December 18, 1873, C. Schuchart made the first 
suggestion to connect life insurance to the lodge. Brothers 
F. J. Ludwig, H. Eberhardt, W. Heuschkel and W. Schaub 
were named a committee on the matter. Their report was 
read March 12, 1874, but no action was taken and in a meet- 
ing on June 11 of the same year it was decided to let the 
matter rest for a while. 

On July 1, 1875, the National Grand Lodge was re- 
quested to institute life insurance and make it obligatory 
for the entire order, which finally became effective Sep- 
tember 22, 1876. Each brother was entitled to $300.00 
life insurance and $60.00 at the death of his wife if she 
preceded him in death. A few years later, due to the finan- 
cial standing and the gain in membership, this was raised 
to $500.00. 

However, certain difficulties arose in those early days 
of the organization. One year seven members died, which 
required the payment of $3,500.00 in insurance to their 
beneficiaries. As the result of that experience a concerted 
effort to secure new members was put forth and the lodge 
adopted a plan to pay premiums for the new members ob- 
tained. The membership showed a significant gain. 

The present system of insurance afforded members of 
the Order is the result of many years of experience and has 
been developed to meet both the needs of the membership 
and sound insurance principles. During the tenure of Fritz 
Schilo as Grand President a certificate to conform with 
the insurance laws of Texas was perfected and adopted. 



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„—„.„-_... 

Congratulations to 

HARMONIA LODGE No. 1 

Order Sons of Hermann 
ON THEIR 90TH ANNIVERSARY 

CHAS. W. ANDERSON, County Judge Bexar County 

DAN F. TRAUGOTT, County Commissioner, Prec. No. 1 

SAM C. BENNETT, County Commissioner, Prec. No. 2 

R. L. READER, County Commissioner, Prec. No. 3 

A. J. PLOCH, County Commissioner, Prec. No. 4 

Greetings from 
JOHN N. OGDEN, Justice of the Peace 

GOOD FRIENDS ARE LIKE GOOD CARS 

the better you treat 'em both, the longer they'll last. Here at Mueller 
Motors, we've always valued friendships more than fast profits Like 
Harmonia Lodge No. 1, this automobile company is a permanent part 
of the San Antonio scene. And we're proud of the fact that good friends 
keep coming back to us, year after year, for 
good cars, and, season after season, for 
the kind of good service that keeps good 
cars good and good friends on friendlier 
terms. 



MUELLEg/^r 



Your Friendly Chrysler-Plymouth Dealer 
830 South Presa • Garfield 9174 • San Antonio 



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Now the Order of the Sons of Hermann in the State of 
Texas is a recognized legal reserve benefit Society operating 
throughout the entire State. Its insurance program is 
under the supervision of the Insurance Department of the 
State of Texas. It offers its members a variety of insurance 
plans, issuing standard form benefit certificates in amounts 
ranging from $500.00 to $5,000.00. Today it writes ordi- 
nary life, twenty-pay and life endowment certificates, as 
well as double indemnity and juvenile contracts. 

As of December 31, 1950, the Order had in force a total 
of $34,971,872.00 of insurance. The annual statement as of 
December 31, 1950, shows total admitted assets of $9,617,- 
184.88, The ratio of assets to liabilities is 127.72%, and 
Dunne's Insurance Reports, the largest policy holders re- 
porting service in the world, gives the insurance issued by 
the Grand Lodge a rating of A plus (Excellent) . 



JWtW 



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COMPLIMENTS OF 



SAMSCO 

San Antonio 
Machine & Supply Co. 



CONGRATULATIONS 

from 

The Employees of the Alamo Iron Works Belonging to 

HARMON IA LODGE No. 1 



EMIL ARNOLD 
TERRY BRIGGS 
H. J. CAMPBELL 
GEO. J. DUGOSH 
A. FISCHER 
WARREN HERRMANN 
NORMAN HARTUNG 
E. T. IGO 
LEONARD JONES 
W. A. KING 
ALEX KNEUPPER 
ALBERT KNEUPPER 
J. J. KRZESNIAK 

ROBERT 



ERNIE KROPP 
OSCAR KUEHNE 
PAUL KURTH 
JOHN MERGELE 
PETE MORGAN 
ERVIN MUELLER 
ED PRUSKI 
R. A. REHBERG 
ARTHUR RILLING 
ROBET RINN 
DAMON SHARP 
T. C. VOGT 
DAVID WHEELER 
WHITE 



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OTHER ANNIVERSARIES 

Harmonia Lodge celebrated its twenty-fifth anniver- 
sary January 30, 1886, at San Pedro Park under the direc- 
tion of President Peter Hoefgen with a banquet, ball and 
parade in which the National Grand Officers, Fritz Reifen- 
stuhl, National Grand President, and Fritz Reuter and 
Victor Schlitz, participated. At this Silver Anniversary 
Jacob Goll, first ex-president of Harmonia Lodge, was 
presented with a gold medal. On this occasion the ladies of 
the brethren made Harmonia Lodge a gift of a beautiful 
flag which the lodge still retains. 

The fortieth anniversary was observed with a banquet, 
theatrical performance and ball at the Mission Garden. At 
this time Ernst Dietzmann was president of the lodge. 

The fiftieth anniversary of the Order of the Sons of 
Hermann, which had been organized in New York in 1840, 
was celebrated in San Antonio on July 14, 1890, at San 
Pedro Springs. 

Harmonia Lodge became fifty years old in 1911. On 
December 8, 1910, a committee composed of F. M. Gloeckner, 
Theo. Engelhardt, Ed. Kutschenreuter, E. Dietzmann, Gott- 
lieb Zellweger, Julius Tengg and Conrad Flaig was named 
to arrange the Golden Anniversary of the lodge. This occa- 
sion was held during the Grand Lodge Session in San An- 
tonio in May, 1911, and celebrated in grand style at the 
Beethoven Hall. Julius Tengg was president at this Golden 
Anniversary. At the celebration he presented to Brothers 
F. M. Gloeckner and Ernst Dietzmann tokens of apprecia- 
tion for their untiring, painstaking fidelity to the Lodge and 
Order. 

The sixtieth anniversary observance was postponed 
because of the great flood in San Antonio in 1921. Instead, 
the financial proceeds were distributed to the unfortunate 
under the direction of President August Menk. 



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COMPLIMENTS and BEST WISHES to HARMONIA LODGE No 1 I 
Order of the Sons of Hermann in the State of Texas 

On Their 90th ANNIVERSARY ! 

SAN ANTONIO RUBBER STAMP CO. I 

Rubber Stamps, Bronze Tablets I 

510 N. Presa St. - C-7,89 Wi | son Southwe|| Presidenf | 



CONGRATULATIONS to HARMONIA LODGE No. 1 
On Their 90th ANNIVERSARY 

THRIFT LUMBER CO. 



708 West Summit Ave. 



W. T. THRIFT, President 
DAVID THRIFT, Vice-President 



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SAN ANTONIO CO. 

E. A. BASSE, Owner 

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In 1931 the seventieth anniversary of the lodge was 
held on July 12th. Gilbert H. Scholl was president at that 
time and a huge country picnic, barbecue, dancing, singing, 
music and other entertainment were enjoyed at the beautiful 
country home of Brother Wm. A. Wurzbach, where mem- 
bers and their families and friends were welcomed. 

Another epoch in the history of Harmonia Lodge No. 1 
was marked by the observance of its seventy-fifth anniver- 
sary. This significant occasion was held on Sunday, July 5, 
1936, at the Hall in San Antonio, with the Governor of 
Texas, James V. Allred, as the principal speaker. A dance 
was held following the program. All Ex-Presidents of the 
lodge were in charge of the celebration. Brother Carl 
Biebers, the present Grand President of the Order, was 
president of the lodge during its seventy-fifth anniversary 
year. At its Diamond Jubilee the Lodge boasted 788 mem- 
bers and excellent financial standing as the result of able 
leadership and strict business methods. 

As a tribute to Fritz Schilo, Sr., a member of Harmonia 
Lodge and Grand President of the Order from 1927 until 
his death in 1935, a commemorative service was held May 
20, 1945, at the Hermann Sons Hall in San Antonio. On this 
occasion grateful recognition was given for the services of 
this outstanding leader whose memory was thus honored. 



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SOUTHERN LLOYDS 

FIRE, CASUALTY, AND AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE 

Organized in 1918 
GREEN & STEEN, Mgrs. 

915 National Bank of Commerce Bidg. 
GARFIELD 8121 



CONGRATULATIONS to HARMONIA LODGE No. 1 

On Their 90th ANNIVERSARY 

from 

YOUR FRIEND AND NEIGHBOR 



ORMSBY CHEVROLET COMPANY 

One Block South Transit Tower 
GARFIELD 0111 




COMPLIMENTS 



of 



FOREMOST DAIRIES, Inc. 



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CHR0N0L0G\ 

FIRST LOCATIONS: Searching lor the first meeting 
house, the records disclose, the lodge rented for use 
as a hall a house owned by a Mr. Superville, an attorney, 
on South Alamo Street between Market and East Com- 
merce Street, in the rear of the present Oppenheimer 
Building. Owing to an increase in rent to $10.00 month- 
ly, Brother F. J. Seng on July 19, 1862, offered his home 
gratis, and here the lodge met until August 19, 1862. 
The minutes disclose that on December 19, 1863, an- 
other locality was sought and on March 12, 1864, 
Fischer's second story was secured. 

October 19, 1865: The minutes disclose that Umscheidt's 
place was rented at $8.00 a month. 

January 4, 1866: The I.O.O.F. offered their lodge room at 
$5.65 a month with payment of half the cost of coal 
oil for lamps and lights. 

September 6, 1866: Lodge headquarters was moved to San 
Antonio Arbeiter Vereins Halle, at the corner of East 
Commerce and Bonham Streets, where the rent was 
$5.00 a month. This building is still standing. 

May 1, 1867 : This date found the lodge meeting in Meyers 
Hall (formerly on Alamo Plaza, west side) . 

June 1, 1871 : An agreement to take Turner (Karber's) Hall 
was entered into but was not carried out, and on No- 
vember 9th the new rooms of the I. O. O. F. were rented 
at $10.00 a month for six months beginning in Decem- 
ber. 



April 10, 1878: The new hall of the I. O. O. F. 
jets for lighting, was rented. 



with ten gas 



February 7, 1883 : Lodge moved to Fire Company No. 1 Hall, 
Market Street (where the San Antonio Drug Company 
building now stands). 

April 30, 1891: Rented Krisch Hall, corner West Houston 
and North Flores Street (where Sugarman Bros, store 
is now located) . 

May 26, 1892 : Moved to Villita and South St. Mary's Streets 
into a two-story building ; downstairs was occupied by 
the Grand Lodge and upstairs by the lodges. 

May, 1912: Moved to present magnificent building of Home 
Association on South St. Mary's Street. 

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19.'$8: Homo Association building ciilai-giul b.v substantial 
addition. 

1945: Duerler Homestead on South St. Mary's Street ad- 
joining Home Association property acquired by Asso- 
ciation; now being used as juvenile recreation center. 

1948-49 : 20-lane bowling alley with parking garage and roof 
garden added to Home Association building at approx- 
imate cost of $330,000.00. 

1949: Erection of imposing Grand Lodge headquarters 
building on South St. Mary's Street adjoining Home 
Association property. 



INTERESTING HISTORICAL FACTS 

NO CHAIRS: The old minutes of the Lodge present an 
interesting study in the development of procedure of 
the lodge meetings from the primitive start in the early 
days. For instance, at first each member was required 
to bring his own chair if he desired to be seated at the 
meeting. 

FEES: The original initiation fee for membership in the 
Lodge was $5.00 and the regalia cost $2.25. 

DISQUIETING TIMES: The early initiation was more 
secret than that of today. The old minutes show that 
they recorded during the critical days of that period 
only necessary data for fear of exposure. It is noted 
from the minutes that attendance at the meetings was 
obligatory. The records show that during the time of 
the Civil War a member was excused from one meeting 
on the grounds that he was unable to attend because 
of the "disquieting times" and a fear to leave his fam- 
ily alone. 

HOLIDAYS: In the old days members nevertheless made 
the most of their good times. The usual holidays were 
celebrated and commemorated annually, especially the 
joyful Yuletide season with a decorated Christmas tree 
with gifts for the children and entertainment for all. 
The members held Volksfests, Concerts, Musicals, 
Dances, Parades, Masquerade Balls, and would support 
festivals of the Krieger Verein, Jaegerlust and other 
societies. 

TRAVELING CARDS: Traveling cards were continually 
issued in 1862 and thereafter for periods extending to 

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1865. Six and more months were granted to members 
called to the Colors. On August 30, 1862, only five 
members being present, it was decided to meet on the 
last night of each month only. 

DUES PAYMENTS: Payments of dues are recorded in 
Specia and Notes and on June 27, 1863, payment in 
Confederate money was accepted at 50c value in lieu 
of silver, while Mexican dollars were accepted at par 
up to January 17, 1878. Sick benefits were paid in Con- 
federate money and accounts were carried in the kind 
of monies as paid in by members. In 1866 it was or- 
dered that $2.00 currency be accepted at $1.25 value in 
silver. 

LODGE RULES: The lodge was strict in demanding at- 
tendance and carrying out duties, and would suspend 
or drop members from the rolls as punishment. 

INCORPORATED: On January 21, 1864, Harmonia Lodge 
No. 1, O. D. H. S., was incorporated. 

MEMBERSHIP : In 1866 the lodge had thirty-one members. 

RECEIPTS: On August 4, 1870, the lodge authorized its 
first printed receipts. 

LOANS : The first cash loan of $100.00 was made on August 
2, 1866. 

CHOLERA : In September, 1866, cholera was raging in San 
Antonio, and this fact is recorded in the minutes. 

BY-LAWS: On September 8, 1870, By-Laws were submit- 
ted to the National Grand Lodge, F. J. Miller, Secretary, 
193 Second Street, New York City, for approval. 

CHICAGO CONFLAGRATION: November 2, 1871, the 
lodge donated $300.00 to the Chicago conflagration suf- 
ferers. 

TIME CLOCKS: On November 23, 1871, the clocks having 
such irregular time, members were told to guide the 
hour by the Kampmann Factory whistles (located then 
on Nacogdoches Street) . 



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INSURANCE: On September 7th and 21st, 1876, various 
systems were suggested to organize an Insurance As- 
sociation. 

CEMETERY: The City of San Antonio through Hon. J. H. 
French, Mayor, on November 6, 1877, donated to Har- 
monia Lodge No. 1, O. D. H. S., a Cemetery on Paso 
Hondo Street, San Antonio, Texas. (The full deed to 
this donation is entered on the minutes of March 14, 
1899. The cemetery was cleared and fenced in and is 
under the care of the Lodge Trustees.) 

NATIONAL ORDER MONUMENT: The erection of the 
monument to the 0. D. H. S. at New Ulm, Minnesota, 
was a magnificent demonstration by the Order. Har- 
monia Lodge was invited to attend the laying of the 
corner stone held on June 24, 1888. Contribution to 
this monument had been made as early as September 
30, 1886. 

PREMIUMS: The minutes of May 2, 1889, state that a 
premium of $1.00 was to be paid to the member secur- 
ing new applicants. 

GERMAN SCHOOL: On May 24, 1894, the three local 
lodges which then existed in San Antonio formed the 
German School, which was presided over by a commit- 
tee selected from these lodges. This German School 
was carried on successfully for many years with large 
attendance, and many of San Antonio's prominent citi- 
zens received at least part of their education at this 
institution. 

HONORARY MEMBERS : Harmonia Lodge had three Hon- 
orary Members who were elected by the lodge; they 
were: 

Nic Boubel, named in 1905 as a former Charter Member, 
died September 27, 1919, at the age of 102 years. 
Nic Tengg was elected September, 1909, and died July 
19, 1927. 

Louis Kietzel was elected February 8, 1912, and died 
November 20, 1928. 



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The building of the Home for the Aged of the Order of 
the Sons of Hermann in Texas, located near the town of 
Comfort, Texas, was completed in the year of 1915. The 
wing-shaped edifice, situated upon a high hill that offers a 
fine view of the scenic panorama of the surrounding coun- 
try, comprises 60 single furnished rooms, private rooms for 
the manager and employees, kitchen, dining room, and bath 
rooms. Housing and barns are provided for cows, hogs, 
chickens, and there is an excellent garden and orchard that 
produce vegetables and fruit. 

Of the 200-acre tract of land comprising the home 
property, a farm of seventy-five acres is kept in cultiva- 
tion, and has brought some good yield on crops utilized for 
Home use as well as the market. 

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had to undergo many repairs and improvements in the 
course of the years ; it has been the consistent effort of the 
Grand Lodge to keep this home in tip top shape so that the 
members of the Order might spend the rest of their life 
there in comfort and happiness. 

Admission into the Home is restricted to insurance 
carrying members of the Order of the Sons of Hermann who 
have reached the age of 65 years. The only prerequisite 
for such admission is the conveyance of the insurance cer- 
tificate of such member to the Home, for its use and ben- 
efit. If the present cost of living is considered, it can very 
well be seen that such prerequisite does not suffice and 
cover the sustenance of resident members, and that it re- 
quires transfer of additional funds, particularly contributed 
by all members of the Order, to provide for these resident 
members. 

Entertainment is furnished the old members on various 
occasions during the year, highlighted by an impressive 
Christmas celebration with gifts for all. 

The merchants and citizens of the city of Comfort and 
the local lodges there have done much for the entertainment 
and welfare of the resident citizens of the Home, which is 
likewise visited frequently by members of surrounding local 
lodges, some of whom have held their meetings there with 
the resident sisters and brothers participating. The home 
grounds offer fine picnic facilities and various local lodges, 
singing groups have made it an annual affair to meet there, 
inviting the resident members along with the manager and 
employees of the Home. 

The Grand President and Grand Secretary along with the 
Committee of the Home for the Aged, at present consisting 
of Leo M. J. Dielmann, Marie Heiling and Alma Koenig, 
administer the affairs of the Home. Kerman Prince is man- 
ager of the Home, and he has a very good assistant in his 
wife, Edna W. Prince. 

Members of Harmonia Lodge No. 1 residing at the 
Home are: Brothers Herman Diercks, Anton Gloeckner, 
Carl Volz. 



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